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URN etd-0515118-144535
Author Michal Polidor
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Department ICAPS
Year 2017
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title The Development of China’s Nuclear Strategy: A Seismic Shift in China’s Nuclear Force Structure
Date of Defense 2018-06-15
Page Count 103
Keyword
  • nuclear deterrence
  • second-strike capability
  • nuclear strategy
  • long-range bomber
  • Abstract In 2015, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) commander, General Ma Xiaotian, announced that China will develop a new long-range, strategic nuclear bomber and complete the nation’s nuclear triad. This research analyzes the reasons behind this seismic shift in the PRC’s nuclear force structure from three perspectives: (1) the ideas and vision of high-level CCP leadership, (2) the evolution of PLA nuclear strategy and doctrine, (3) the technological capabilities of China’s aerospace defense industry. Dr. Bernard Brodie’s concept of nuclear deterrence provides the theoretical framework for this research and the inherent bomber advantages of visibility and flexibility offer further refinement in the analysis. This study concludes that the main drivers behind China’s decision to develop a bomber are the revisionist foreign policy agenda of current Chinese President Xi Jinping, coupled with the evolution in the nation’s nuclear strategy and doctrine which now focuses on maximizing survivability, penetrability, and strategic communication. The timing of these developments coincides perfectly with the fact that China has very recently unshackled itself from the nation’s historic reliance on foreign aircraft technology, thus demonstrating that its aerospace industry is capable of indigenously developing a long-range, strategic bomber. China now sits poised to join the United States and Russia in the club of nuclear triad nations.
    Advisory Committee
  • Steve On - chair
  • Haga, Kai-yin Allison - co-chair
  • Wen-Cheng Lin - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2018-06-15

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